ENERGY TRANSITION & CLIMATE CHANGE SOLUTIONS: Sept 5, 2020

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With clean energy firms becoming stock market favorites as investment pours into energy transition funds, the appetite for marginal oil and gas assets will only weaken. Higher capital costs as more investment funds shun fossil fuels could spell the end for billions of barrels of smaller, remote finds if they are left in the ground. Robert Perkins covering finance, economics and energy industry issues,

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Meet the Canadian farmers fighting climate change

Conservation and agriculture have often been at odds. But as Ottawa develops the first federal carbon offset standard, farming techniques that reduce greenhouse gas emissions are having a moment

Paul Thoroughgood doesn’t hear the phone ring because his head is in the freezer. He’s digging out deer steaks to thaw — his daughter wants mule deer wrapped in bacon for dinner. 

I’m calling to ask him about farming and carbon, but he has to catch his breath after running up from the basement.

Thoroughgood and his family farm 2,000 acres just south of Moosejaw, Sask., — green lentils, canola, flax, spring wheat and winter wheat — on the farm he grew up on. It’s an area of transition, straddling the “corner-to-corner farmland” Saskatchewan is known for and the province’s grasslands and hills so often left out of the flat-farmland stereotypes.

For 23 years, Thoroughgood has been practising, and advocating for, sustainable agriculture. It’s a “buzzword,” he says, noting sustainability is more of a voyage than a place, more of a practice of “continual self improvement.” 

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